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California’s Capitola Beach.

I’m in San Francisco last summer. I’m hanging out along the coast. Where to go? Where to go? It shouldn’t have even been a question. It was time to head an hour south on the PCH, the Pacific Coast Highway, to Capitola and the beach. It’s a beach town and place I have spent a lot of time at in my youth.

Parking is usually very hard to come by close to the beach and in town, so when I arrived I parked up-top alongside Cliff Dr. a few blocks away. The beach, village, house and coastline straight ahead.

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

The view is definitely worth the extra walk. Up above you can also see people stand up paddle boarding along the shoreline. Looking out you can see Capitola Wharf and Monterey Bay.

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

Capitola sits along the bay with the Pacific Ocean not far past. Lot’s of people boating on the open blue waters too.

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

Almost there beach! Always love seeing the colorful umbrellas.

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

Arriving in the heart of town you’ll see the sand bar and Soquel Creek as it flows towards the bay. The beach sits opposite.

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

You’ll find outdoor food, drink and entertainment options along the creek including Margaritaville, Mr. Toots Coffeehouse, Pizza My Heart, Paradise Beach Grille…

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

…and Zelda’s on the Beach. Lot’s of people having a good time while soaking in the sun. Antique stores, galleries and ice cream shops dot the streets as well.

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

The beach!

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

Lots of people were taking advantage of the warm, sunny summer day.

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

Of course I’m going to gravitate towards a park bench. Low and behold, its facing a scenic panoramic view. While sitting and looking down…

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

…you can checkout the colorful, hand-painted sea wall tiles, part of a community art project back in 2008. Lots of stories on that wall. πŸ™‚

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

Alongside the beach is the aforementioned Capitola Wharf where you’ll find fisherman, views of the beach and surrounding areas and the Wharf House restaurant at the end, which I’ve yet to checkout.

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

I captured some close shots of people playing in the water and…

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

…stand up paddle boarding.

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

Palm trees and…

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

…colorful Mediterranean style housing are also part the of the Capitola picture.

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

It was great a day at my favorite beach town. I’ll be returning for sure next time I’m around San Francisco. πŸ™‚

For more Capitola, checkout my time that day hanging around the colorful Mediterranean style housing along the shoreline and at Mr. Toots Coffeehouse.

What is your favorite beachtown? Any California beach town recommendations?

The Mediterranean in Capitola Cali.

Every time I’m in Capitola and around the beach, I love staring at the colorful Mediterranean style housing that lines right up against it.

Capitola, California, Mediterranean housing, beach town

The houses were built-in the 1920’s and are now all a part of the Capitola Venetian Hotel.

Capitola, California, Mediterranean housing, beach town

On this day I decided to get a closer look at the colors of the housing and of all plants and flowers around them. I’ll let the photos tell the story.

Capitola, California, Mediterranean housing, beach town

Capitola, California, Mediterranean housing, beach town

Capitola, California, Mediterranean housing, beach town

Capitola, California, Mediterranean housing, beach town

Capitola, California, Mediterranean housing, beach town

It’s not just me checking out the scenery.

Capitola, California, Mediterranean housing, beach town

Another favorite spot to check them out from and the surrounding area is from the balcony at Mr. Toots Coffeehouse. I don’t know what it is. The view just makes me think that I’m in a romantic place that’s far, far away. πŸ™‚

Whenever I think of Capitola, one of images I will always have is of those two rows of houses right along the beach. The next step I think is to stay in one of them.

Capitola, California, Mediterranean housing, beach town

Coffeeing it Up in Beach Town Capitola.

The beach. A hot coffee. A lot of people, including me, would normally think what? There’s one spot I’ve been where I’m glad to combine them, Mr. Toots Coffeehouse in Capitola, California.

Capitola, coffee, Mr. Toots coffeehouse, California

Mr. Toots sits right along the beach and Pacific Ocean up-top Margaritaville and is a place I’ve been going to since I was a little boy. They are one of the oldest coffeehouses around Capitola and nearby Santa Cruz, being open since the 1980’s.

Capitola, coffee, Mr. Toots coffeehouse, California

Love the different signage they use to showcase their name and brand.

Capitola, coffee, Mr. Toots coffeehouse, California

The hot coffee of choice today, a mocha, made with the local Ghirardelli chocolate yum.

Capitola, coffee, Mr. Toots coffeehouse, California

Sit down and relax amongst the local art, books and a piano. It was quiet on this weekday afternoon, but come back and enjoy a caffeinated beverage while musicians are playing. I remember coming here with my parents, grandparents and others in the summer evenings to listen to the local talent.

Capitola, coffee, Mr. Toots coffeehouse, California

Normally I take thorough pics of any great coffee, not just the cup, but it didn’t even cross my mind on this day regrettably. 😦 Why you ask? Upon entering my entire focus was to see again the view from their outdoor balcony.

You can take your coffee outside and enjoy the sandbar, beach, ocean, pier…

Capitola, coffee, Mr. Toots coffeehouse, California

and best of all, the colorful Mediterranean style housing staring right back at you. I sat there in awe with my beverage soaking in a little sun. It was capturing the scenery and atmosphere over the coffee on this visit. πŸ™‚

Capitola, coffee, Mr. Toots coffeehouse, California

Great coffee, times and views from Mr. Toots Coffeehouse in Capitola. Stay tuned for more on the Mediterranean housing, the beach and Capitola itself. πŸ™‚

Check them out on Facebook and also their website. I’ll make sure to capture the coffee next time. πŸ™‚

What beach town coffeehouses and cafΓ©s have you come across in your travels that you would recommend? Where’s the most scenic spot you’ve ever seen from a coffeehouse?

It’s a Stinson Beach Thursday in Cali.

It was an early Thursday afternoon and I was hanging out around the Golden Gate Bridge when I decided to make a quick day trip north along the coast to Stinson Beach. Stinson Beach sits within Marin County and along the Pacific Ocean.

You take U.S. Route 101 north a few exits from the bridge and get off on Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway, and you have about ten miles to go on a two lane road.

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California, PCH

It felt much longer than that due to the continuous hair pin curves, the road going up-and-down in elevation and with the side railings not always present along the cliffs. To those that may experience motion sickness, come prepared. I had issues as a child on this route, but was ok on this trip. πŸ™‚

It would be a thirty-five minute drive normally from A to B, but took a lot longer due to traffic. Smooth sailing coming back.

You reach the small-town of Stinson Beach and right past the downtown area you’ll see the entrance to the beach.

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California

Time to hit the three-and-a-half miles of sand!

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California

There were lot’s of kids digging holes and building sand castles. Oh boy the memories of my youth.

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California

Pretty calm waves coming onto the beach versus other areas nearby.

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California

Lot’s of people coming and going from the icy ocean waters with their various boards. The sand was soft and comfortable to walk on.

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California

Always gotta grab a seaweed shot.

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California

The fog was just along the immediate shoreline, looking towards town and the mountains beyond, you had clear blue skies.

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California

I walked inland right off the beach past a food and refreshments stand and a small, scenic park on the way to the main strip.

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California

A nice cozy beach town with a few shops, places to get grub and lot’s of tourists and kids running around. Where’d the fog go?!

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California

Whenever I’m along an ocean coast, I get a craving for some New England Clam Chowder. The Sand Dollar Restaurant helped me on this day.

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California, Sand Dollar Restaurant

I grabbed a quick beverage to go with the chowder deliciousness.

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California, New England Clam Chowder

I walked around the main strip for a bit afterwards then made the hairpin turn drive back towards the Golden Gate Bridge. A great short day trip.

If you’re in San Francisco, can stomach a short crazy drive and love small beach towns, make the short trek to Stinson Beach. Tip: Make more of a day of it and stop at Muir Woods National Monument in route to checkout an old redwood forest.

What California Pacific Coast beach towns would you recommend checking out? Any New England Clam Chowder must stops?